Held annually since 2012, “Shot in The Heart of Melbourne” or SITHOM is a Street Photography and Photojournalism exhibition that celebrates the decisive, and often indecisive, but always graceful moments that occur within our gritty, yet beautiful city.
This year SITHOM takes place at VAS from July 12-23 and I’m exhibiting! If you’ve got some time on your hands make sure you stop past to see some of Melbourne’s best street shooters’ work!
I will say that the old saying really is true: Print your work! It’s nothing short of amazing to have your work up on the wall, being admired by the public.
I’ve never been in an exhibition before, I’ve been to plenty but I’ve never endured the process of selecting printing and framing!
It’s a process that I can recommend though, once you get the hang of it… (yep, Dad jokes are mad). To be perfectly honest the selection process was the most difficult of all: colour, black and white, digital, film, a series, a small collection? It was super, super difficult but worthwhile as it allows you look back and think critically on your work. Would I say that I put forward five of the greatest street photographs of all time? No, but I think they all have a narrative to them which can be interpreted differently by each viewer.
The printing and framing process is another process all together and it’s own, special beast. I’m going to save you some time and money: Streets Imaging. If you’re in Australia don’t worry about the cheaper options, stick with Streets and get some nice frames and you’re off and running.
The rest is up to you. I’m so happy to be an exhibitor this year and will be joining in the fun next year, probably with a film focus.
SITHOM 2018 Details
Victorian Artists Society
430 Albert Street, East Melbourne, Vic 3002
JC Street Exhibited Shots
How did I land on these as the pieces for my first submission? First, I needed to figure out if it was all Black & White or all colour or a nice mix. For some reason, I have a nice back catalogue of B+W shots to choose from, so that was an easy. Next was digital or film and while I LOVE film, my back catalogue of digital files is just deeper – so yes, I went the safe option.
Next was the actual pieces themselves. I narrowed the field down to a good 25-30 in the first pass. Left it a month, then narrowed it down again to 10-12. It was then that I reached out to a few trusted friends to aide me in my indecisive time of need. These five were the top five results after polling five good mates, who all agreed these were the strongest images. And I agreed.
Opening Night Shots